Global wind turbine manufacturer, Vestas, is setting up a wind turbine manufacturing facility in Geelong to support the development of two new wind farms.
The company has been nominated by the Victorian government as the preferred supplier of wind turbines for the 180 megawatt Berrybank Wind Farm west of Geelong and the 336 megawatt Dundonnell Wind Farm north-east of Warrnambool.
The projects are part of the first renewable energy auction by the Victorian Government, expected to generate more than 900 MW of new clean energy in the state.
A total of six wind and solar farm projects were selected in the first round of the auction, which are expected to generate $1.1 billion of economic investment in regional Victoria and create more than 900 jobs.
The Vestas Renewable Energy Hub (VREH) will directly employ up to 27 locals and train hundreds of staff in wind turbine maintenance, according to Victoria’s Minister for Energy Lily D’Ambrosio.
The new hub will facilitate the assembly of 100 turbine hubs and 50 drive trains for the Dundonnell and Berrybank projects.
To support long term renewable energy investment in Victoria, Vestas has also signed an agreement with GeelongPort to use its shipping facilities and 40,000m2 of laydown area located at Corio Quay South.
The Vestas Renewable Energy Hub will also support Wind Turbine Technician Training through a Memorandum of Understanding with Federation University to support the Ballarat Renewable Training Centre (BRETC), training at least 20 technicians per year.
The hub is also involved in the Wind Carbon Research Partnership with Carbon Nexus, a Deakin University initiative to research the next generation of carbon fibre specifically for use in wind turbine blades.
The Berrybank farm will include 43 turbines, while the Dundonnell facility will feature 80 turbines. Both projects will use 64 per cent local content under the Victorian Industry Participation Policy.